Good moooooorning, Bones Theory readers! It’s June 1st, which is just crazy pants. It’s scary sometimes how months just whip by, you know? It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating me turning 29 and 730/365ths. I’m very thankful for each one who stops by here each day or every few days or once a week or however Bones Theory fits into your life.
I remember before I started the 100DaysofBones project, I was having some internal conflict. I wanted to be doing more non-fiction writing. I also somehow wanted to commemorate the eventual 100th episode of Bones, and then outside of that, I’d always been slightly bummed that I officially started reviewing episodes in season three. There is SO MUCH good in the first 2.5 seasons, and I wanted to talk about them. I joked in my ‘what’s the point section’ of that blog that it wasn’t like I could just go up to the water cooler at work and say, “Hey, did you see the Bones pilot two and a half years ago? Yeah, that was awesome.” Haha. You may (or may not) be surprised to know that it took me about two months to come to the realization that I could do all three of those things at once. It was a liberating two-by-four in the face. 😀
I loved that project and didn’t think I could love anything more than that, but when it was over, I still had that itch to keep writing. I’m kind of full of BS sometimes in that instead of actually writing, I’ll just surround myself with writing. I’ll buy books on how to be a better writer. I’ll read them and nod my head and scratch my chin all philosophically and what not and murmur to myself. “Oh, yes. Mmm, good point.” I might even dog-ear a page or two, or whoa-nelly, highlight a particular passage. After I’m done with that, I’ll sigh with satisfaction…I’m a writer. Ha! It’s like watching Extreme Makeover Home Edition and afterward feeling like I’ve done something great for someone else. Um, no, all I did was sit there and watch and pretend not to cry. Haha!
The point is that Bones Theory is the ‘answer’ for when I feel that itch to write. But when I don’t have the itch, it can be stressful. Sometimes I feel this incredible pressure to be a “Writer” with a capital W, and sometimes I realize it’s okay to just chill about it. I’ve said before that the blog’s not called “Bones Answers”, and I find that I prefer to toss out a topic and see what everyone else comes up with. I love the different POVs that people bring to the comments.
I pulled this question from a list of questions I would ask my former students about a novel they were reading, and I thought it applied to BONES.
Think about the role that social class plays in the novel (so in our case, TV show) that you’ve read (watched). What social classes are represented? To what extent is each class depicted? Are all the classes given equal representation? How do the classes shown relate to the classes that realistically exist in the time and place where they take place? How does the author (in our case, show-writers) feel about the different social classes, and how can you tell?
For me, when writing fiction, it’s incredibly convenient when characters have a lot of money, and I’d imagine it’s the same for the show writers too. If a character needs money every once in awhile (Wendell from the block, as my sister calls him), the others can rise up and save the day, no problem. Or it can be used for comedic effect, like when Booth didn’t want to pay to have someone repair his pipes. Though based on my experience with men, I think that had less to do with money than it had to do with just wanting to fix it himself so he knew he could, etc. That Brennan bought him the book (does she accept credit cards? Ha!) was just a bonus.
It’s not like in that episode of Friends where Rachel, Joey and Phoebe genuinely do feel annoyed that Ross, Monica and Chandler have a lot of money to spend on things such as Hootie and the Blowfish tickets. We don’t have any of that. The only times I can even think of any such tension is when Angela announces that she packs her own lunch (though I’ve never seen it!) and when Booth answers Brennan’s “How do you spend your money” question with “Food and rent”.
With Angela, despite the sack lunch comment, I’d say she’s pretty well off. Her dad at least has money, and she never lacked, even before Brennan gave her a lot of money and she married Hodgins. At this point, her only financial issues related to buying apartments of victims or trying to fit inside a Mini Cooper (where’s that roomy Toyota now?!? Ha! (Though ugh…sidenote…if there is even one Brennan and Angela shopping for matching Toyota mini-vans moment next season… )
But even the characters who haven’t fallen into money, such as Cam and Sweets…I wouldn’t say they are poor or that money is an issue. They are both incredibly successful.
Some of that is just the ways of fiction and TV. These characters don’t really get stuck in traffic or get paper cuts or other pesky things a lot of US watch BONES to escape from. And that’s fine—I don’t need the show to solve the class structure issues or anything like that. But I do still think it’s interesting to look at and to discuss.
What do you think? Should it be more of a focus or even less? Are there other moments with class (and I suppose it doesn’t have to be boiled down to just income) discrepancies that I didn’t remember?
Peace, Love & Bones,